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From the Vault: Classic Monster Magazines!

Part 3

By Tim Janson     April 07, 2012

This week in From the Vault we take one more look at classic monster magazines as we spotlight some of the oldest and rarest magazines ever produced.  These are all highly collectible so should you ever find one, definitely snatch it up quickly.


Title: Monster Parade 

Published By: Magnum Publications

Years:  1958 - 1959 

Number of issues: 4


One of the first magazines to try to cash in on the success of Famous Monsters of Filmland was Magnum Publication’s Monster parade.  This magazine tried to do it all featuring reprints of pre-comic code horror comics, horror fiction, as well as articles, pinups and horror film coverage.  Among the contributors were John Jakes and Sci-fi author Robert Silverberg.


World Famous Creatures

Published By: Magsyn Publications 

Years:  1958 - 1959 

Number of issues: 4


Among the rarest of all monster mags, there are those that would argue that it was as good or better than Famous Monsters.  World Famous Creatures featured well-written articles and outstanding cover art.  As a novelty, the back covers for the first two issues featured a monster mask that you could cut out and wear.  Today these issues can fetch well over $100 each on eBay.


Fantastic Monsters of the Films

Published By: Black Shield Productions

Years: 1962 - 1963

Number of issues: 7


Fantastic Monsters of the Films (as blatant an attempt to capture Famous Monsters success as there ever was), was a magazine put out by 1950s special effects guru Paul Blaisdell and sci-fi and horror collector/historian, Bob Burns.  One of the features of the magazine was a regular How-to column about special effects and makeup.  The covers of most of the magazines featured examples of Blaisdell’s now iconic makeup work.  A fire destroyed much of their archives which led to the magazine’s cancellation after seven outstanding issues.


Horror Monsters

Published by: Charlton Publicatons

Years: 1961 – 1964

Number of Issues: 10


Horror Monsters was published by Charlton Publications, the same company that published Charlton Comics who featured characters like Captain Atom, The Question, and Blue Beetle which were acquired by DC comics in the 1980s.  Like most Charlton products they were produced as cheaply as possible making these extremely hard to find in great condition and thus making them highly sought after by collectors.  Horror Monsters had some wonderful covers and surprisingly solid articles.


Tim Janson is a columnist and reviewer for Mania Entertainment. He writes Level Up, the weekly look at videogames and the horror dedicated column, Tuesday Terrors. Tim has written for Fangoria, Newsarama, City Slab Magazine, Twitch Film, and Cinefantastique. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.



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